In case you missed the news, the White House is hosting a “Forum on Workplace Flexibility” today. According to press releases, President Obama and the First Lady are planning to talk about “creating workplace practices that allow America’s working men and women to meet the demands of their jobs without sacrificing the needs of their families.”
In other words - all that stuff we’ve been trying to figure out on our own forever.
Although, I have to admit that it never even occurred to me that my employer should be concerned with making my work-life balance easier. I just assumed that my husband and I should have to figure that out the best we could. I’m having a hard time even wrapping my brain around the idea that CEOs and small business owners might be considering policy changes that promote a better work-life balance.
But if that were true… it would be pretty exciting.
Maybe that will mean that fathers start to have more opportunities to be actively involved parents, because I know a lot of men who feel like their employers aren’t sympathetic to family responsibilities (like child sick days, special events, etc.) Maybe companies will take a closer look at their vacation policies. Or maybe… what?
What changes could be made at your workplace that would improve your ability to “to meet the demands of you job without sacrificing the needs of your family”?
If you have ideas, you can leave them in the comments here OR watch the forum live onWhiteHouse.gov/live and offer your own feedback via Facebook and Ustream.
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